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Issa slams comments by governor hopeful Donnelly linking California GOP rival to Islamic law

Republican Congressman Darrell Issa is condemning comments by California GOP gubernatorial hopeful Tim Donnelly in which he has tried to tie his Indian-American rival to fundamentalist Islamic law.

Issa said Thursday the comments and posts on social media are "hateful and ignorant garbage."

Donnelly, a state assemblyman who is popular with the tea party, has repeatedly said this week that rival Neel Kashkari supported Shariah banking code when he was a senior official at the U.S. Treasury Department in 2008. On Facebook, Donnelly posted a link to a banking seminar hosted by the department during which Kashkari, a Hindu, delivered opening remarks.

Issa, who describes himself as an Arab-American of Lebanese Christian descent, says the behavior should disqualify Donnelly from holding any office.

Donnelly did not immediately respond to a request for comment.